2024 JBLFMU Research Colloquium Highlights Innovation and Best Practices, JBLCF-Bacolod as Host

In a showcase of maritime innovation and research excellence, the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) recently held the 2024 Research Colloquium and Sharing of Best Practices with JBLCF-Bacolod as the host unit. This event was participated by the different units of the university, bringing together industry experts, academics, and students to discuss key issues and share best practices.

The event kicked off with the arrival and registration of participants, followed by an invocation and the rendition of the Philippine National Anthem and the JBLFMU Hymn. Mrs. Mary Anne Pasco, the Safety Officer, delivered a safety orientation to ensure a secure environment for all attendees.

Engr. Roberto Neal S. Sobrejuanite, Administrator of JBLCF (Bacolod), Inc., extended words of welcome to the participants, setting the tone for the symposium. Dr. Ronald Raymond L. Sebastian, Chief Executive Officer of JBLFMU, delivered a message emphasizing the importance of research and development in advancing the maritime sector.





Dr. Melchor M. Magramo, Director of Research & Extension, provided the rationale behind the symposium, highlighting its significance in driving innovation and addressing industry challenges. Dr. Brian Gil S. Sarinas, Research Coordinator of JBLFMU (Arevalo), Inc., then introduced the keynote speaker, Engr. Rowen R. Gelonga, CESO II, Regional Director and WVCIEERD Co-Chair of DOST Regional Office VI. Engr. Gelonga delivered a keynote speech, focusing on the role of research and innovation in shaping the future of the maritime industry.

Engr. Sobrejuanite led the awarding of a Certificate of Appreciation to Engr. Gelonga, acknowledging his valuable contribution to the symposium. Dr. Rolando A. Alimen, Research Coordinator of JBLFMU (Molo), Inc., then laid out the house rules and guidelines for the paper presentation session. The session featured three papers presented by esteemed industry professionals:

    1. “Modernization of Domestic Fleet in Western Visayas: Basis for Safety and Service Enhancement Program” by Engr. Rufina A. Aquino, Ph.D.
    2. “Seafarer’s Engagement, Work Attitude, and Work Performance: Bases for Retention Program” by Dr. Emmanuel B. Carpio
    3. “Life skills, Technological Awareness, and Attitude of Maritime Students toward Emerging Technologies: Basis for a Proposed Academic Intervention Program” by Capt. Luis G. Evidente, Ph.D.

After the paper presentations, a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of exhibits showcasing innovative projects and research initiatives of the academic units of the university. Dr. Sebastian and Dr. Magramo, along with the Unit Administrators, Research Coordinators, and Executive Council Officers, led the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Following a lunch break, the symposium resumed with a session on sharing best practices, featuring presentations on various topics including physical activity towards health and fitness, legacy fitness programs, and the utilization of Google Workspace in monitoring and updating students’ onboard training.

The event concluded with the announcement and awarding of winners of the JBLFMU-RDC Digital Logo Making Contest, followed by closing remarks from Dr. Emeliza T. Estimo, Research Coordinator of the host unit, JBLCF (Bacolod), Inc.

A photo opportunity was provided for all participants, marking the end of a successful symposium aimed at promoting innovation and collaboration in the maritime industry.

JBLFMU-A hosts successful Research Capability Training, fosters a culture of research excellence

In a productive start to the week, John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (Arevalo), Inc. organized its annual Research Capability Training for 2023. The event saw active participation from Department Heads, Faculty Researchers, as well as selected students from Graduate School, BS Criminology, Bachelor of Science Marine Transportation (2nd year), Grade 11, and Grade 12, all gathered at the JBL Hall on October 23.

The program opened with a warm welcome from the school administrator, Captain Alfred G. Espinosa, Ph.D. Following this, Dr. Melchor M. Magramo, Director of JBLFMU Research and Extension, presented a compelling case for the importance of research at JBLFMU. The event was further enriched by the presence of Dr. Lovella S. Divigrancia, a distinguished Professional Educator, Trainer, and Researcher, who served as the guest speaker.

The research review segment of the event featured an interactive examination of survey research, along with an engaging open forum that delved into the cutting-edge issues in education. Notably, one faculty member highlighted a pressing concern, describing a “mismatch” problem where certain graduates or students struggled to pass company examinations.

Dr. Lovella S. Divigrancia stressed the pivotal role of research in informed decision-making, particularly within the university. She emphasized, “Research can guide us in reviewing and making well-informed decisions for the betterment of the university.”

The event underscored the indispensable value of research, especially for students, in molding world-class seafarers capable of delivering knowledgeable performance at the highest standards. It encouraged the cultivation of creativity, complexity, and collaborative efforts among teachers, promoting essential qualities in students.

Dr. Brian Gil S. Sarinas, in his closing statement, wholeheartedly encouraged fellow department heads, faculty members, and administrative staff to actively participate in research efforts aimed at enhancing the university’s quality and overall performance.

The program reached its conclusion with Dr. Brian Gil S. Sarinas expressing heartfelt appreciation for all the participants, acknowledging their dedication, even amidst busy schedules.

JB College of Business receives awards at the 6th Philippine Conference on Multidisciplinary Research

A team of faculty researchers from JBLCF-Bacolod’s College of Business made significant contributions at the 6th Philippine Conference on Multidisciplinary Research, a virtual event conducted via Zoom from March 31 to April 1, 2023. The team presented four papers during this esteemed conference, showcasing their commitment to academic inquiry and scholarly exploration.

Dr. Violeta A. Neri, the Dean of the College of Business and Education, presented a paper titled “Bridging the Gap in the Housekeeping Competencies of Bachelor of Science among Hospitality Management Students.” She also received a Research Citation Award, underscoring the depth and significance of her research endeavors.

Mr. Shane Fornis, a dedicated faculty member in the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management program, presented a paper titled “Practicum Performance of BSHRM Trainees from the Lens of the Industry Stakeholders.” His presentation prowess earned him the Best Oral Research Presenter award, highlighting his ability to communicate intricate research concepts to the audience effectively.

Ms. Ruth B. Balajadia, the Program Head for the Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration program, contributed to the conference as a paper presenter. Her paper, “Relevance and Responsiveness of the Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration Program as Assessed by Stakeholders,” added a valuable perspective to the multidisciplinary discourse.

Ms. Kristine Rose Necesario, another esteemed faculty member in the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management program, also served as a paper presenter. Her contribution, titled “Students’ Satisfaction with the Laboratory Services and Facilities in the College of Business Laboratory Areas,” shed light on the importance of fostering a conducive learning environment.

These achievements underscore JBLCF-Bacolod’s commitment to academic excellence, research, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The team’s active participation in the conference not only showcases their scholarly dedication but also positions JBLCF-Bacolod as an institution at the forefront of multidisciplinary research. Through their work, they have amplified the institution’s commitment to advancing knowledge and contributing to the broader academic community.

Padernal and Olimpos shine at International Educators’ Conference

The Research And Development Center and the JBLCF-BACOLOD academic and research community congratulate MR. ROGIE E. PADERNAL and 3/E PAUL T. OLIMPOS, for their successful paper presentations at the 2023 International Educators’ Conference hosted by the STI West Negros University held on February 22-24, 2023, in collaboration with the GEO Global Educators Professional Enhancement International, Inc. The theme of the conference, “Education for the 21st Century and Beyond: Confronting Educational Challenges and Meeting Global Demands,” highlights the importance of finding innovative solutions to the complex problems facing education and forging collective efforts to find sustainable solutions to the challenges we face to provide education that is meaningful, relevant, and accessible to all learners.



















ROGIE E. PADERNAL is a Mathematics instructor at JBLCF-Bacolod and was also assigned as a Research Assistant in the Research and Development Center of the unit. 3/E PAUL T. OLIMPOS, on the other hand, is one of the young and promising professional instructors in the College of Maritime Education teaching BSMarE courses.